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Today on KSR: Game of the Week heads to Pikevile

KSR will make its way down to Pikeville for some high-profile mountain football on Friday evening.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Belfry Pirates will take on the Pikeville Panthers, a matchup featuring two reigning state champions who are ranked in KSR’s inaugural Top 15 rankings. In the 73rd matchup between the Pike County schools, KSR will host its radio show live from Pikeville this morning at 10 a.m. ET, followed by a live game preview at the Morehead Kroger leading up to kickoff.

Some notes on the matchup, courtesy of KSR’s own Freddie Maggard:

  • Belfry and Pikeville are both reigning state champions in their classification and features a pair of quarterbacks that are receiving college scholarship offers. Pikeville’s Isaac McNamee has offers from EKU and Marshall. Belfry’s Brett Coleman is committed to Miami of Ohio as a safety.
  • Friday’s matchup also features running backs who are coming off monstrous games from Week One. Pikeville’s Blake Birchfield rushed for 151-yards off just 13 carries in the Panther’s win over Raceland. Belfry’s Isaac Dixon carried the football 14 times while racking up 194-yards and two touchdowns in the Pirates 33-13 win over Pulaski County.
  • Belfry is led by Coach Phillip Haywood who has won 450 games over the course of an unprecedented career. Haywood is Kentucky’s all-time winningest coach. Pikeville’s head coach Chris McNamee has won two state championships and is looking for number three in 2020. The Panthers defeated Belfry 22-21 a year ago.

We’ve written several game previews here on the site to prepare you for the matchup, including one from KSR fan-favorite caller and Eastern Kentucky sports expert, Darryl. You can find those links below:

Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week (Sept. 18): Belfry vs. Pikeville

20 Things To Know: Pikeville vs. Belfry (Game of the Week)

The Real “Pike County Bowl” Breakdown

Looking to attend? Families of participants and students will have priority for tickets, but if there are any remaining, they will be sold to the general public. Starting today, remaining general admission tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. to noon and can be purchased at the gate for $10 (exact change only). Temperatures will be checked upon entry and everyone must wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.

Meet KSR at the Morehead Kroger for a free Kroger gift card

As we gear up for tonight’s big matchup, Freddie Maggard will be at the Morehead Kroger beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET to preview Belfry at Pikeville on Facebook Live.

While he’s there, Freddie will also be handing out Kroger gift cards to those who come up and say “Kroger Presents the KSR Game of the Week featuring Belfry at Pikeville.”

Free groceries and high school football? Can’t beat it.

Cleveland defeats Joe Burrow’s Bengals in a TNF shootout

Transitioning over to the NFL, Joe Burrow made his Thursday Night Football debut last night, and he looked the part against Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.

Finishing with 316 yards and three touchdowns on 37/61 passing, Burrow broke the record for most completions in a game by a rookie in NFL history and finished with the second-most pass attempts all-time by a rookie. The Bengals fell to the Browns by a final score of 35-30 – Mayfield finished with 219 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Nick Chubb rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns – but Burrow looked the part in his first appearance under the national spotlight as an NFL quarterback.

Heat defeat Celtics, sit at 2-0

The Miami Heat have taken a comfortable 2-0 lead in their series against Boston, defeating the Celtics by a final score of 106-101 in Game 2.

For the Heat, Goran Dragic led the way with 25 points on 10-19 shooting to go with five assists and three rebounds. Former Kentucky forward Bam Adebayo was right behind with 21 points (10-16 shooting), ten rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in the winning effort.

Tyler Herro also added 11 points (4-12 shooting, 1-8 3PT), nine rebounds, five assists and a steal in the win.

On the other end, Kemba Walker led the Celtics with 23 points, followed by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown with 21 points apiece. Former Wildcat Enes Kanter led Boston’s bench with nine points on a perfect 4-4 shooting and six rebounds in 11 minutes.

Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Anthony Davis vs. Jamal Murray begins tonight

After a phenomenal start to the Eastern Conference Finals, the West will begin its Conference Finals on the other side of the bracket this evening. And as expected, it’s loaded with former Kentucky standouts.

Starting at 9 p.m. ET on TNT, the Los Angeles Lakers will begin their series against the Denver Nuggets, with the former featuring former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo, and the latter featuring Jamal Murray.

Will Davis and LeBron James’ Lakers coast through the series like they did in rounds one and two? Will Murray continue his late-series heroics? It all begins tonight.

Podcasts galore

Looking for a KSR podcast to get your day started? You have several brand new episodes to choose from.

Between football, basketball recruiting, and a mix of sports from a national perspective, you’re sure to be entertained on this beautiful Friday.

KSR in an hour

Matt Jones and the KSR crew will be live from Pikeville starting at 10 a.m. ET.

Tune in.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

1 Comment for Today on KSR: Game of the Week heads to Pikevile



  1. panicpat
    9:38 am September 18, 2020 Permalink

    High school football at its best. You can’t beat Friday night lights in eastern Kentucky!